4.07.2013

THE AZALEA AS ANTIDOTE TO THE BALLOON. SORT OF.


I am becoming a serious curmudgeon I can feel it. I see balloons and I do not think of the delight on a child's face (mainly because said child with balloons seems to care less and looks rather terrified at the loud possibility of a pop and a flick to tender skin; it is usually the mother dragging the clusters in her wake.)

Instead I think of how those balloons will soon be gagging a goose, strangling a trout or tangling in a tree limb. And it annoys me, and makes me fantasize about launching petitions to ban balloons and then I worry about how mothers will hate me because I am becoming a serious curmudgeon. What to do?  Someone will always let go of that balloon.

And there seems no chance that they will ever be ...biodegradable.

Just bio-degrading.


And then I catch a glimpse of the sweet bravery of the deciduous azalea; I'm always amazed by the blossoms that unfurl boldly from tiny bare twigs. This one pinked out in front of the pinky stone of the Museum of Natural History. And my heart lifted, and soared past even the balloons.

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dterrydraw said...

Oh, Dominique.....one of the things I miss about my former house ( a 1900 bungalow in Durham that I sold to buy the 220 year old house we now live in) was.....plastic.

More specifically?....A plastic jump-rope (one of those composed of multi-colored "links") that hung HIGH up in the branches of the big willow-oak outside my studio-window. When I first moved in, I used to hate seeing that thing out my window each day, and I wondered how I would ever get it down. You can't miss it...hanging eight feet from the window and "ruining" a lovely winter view into the branches of the tree.

One day, however, a woman knocked on the door and asked if she could visit the house she'd grown up in. Looking out the studio window, she said "Well, what do you know....it's STILL there".

Turns out that her mean, older brother had stolen her jumprope when she was six or so, climbed up on the roof, and thrown it into the tree....she'd raised a fuss, and he'd been punished...and, fifty-some years later, it's STILL there. For various reasons, I suddenly loved that ugly jump-rope, and I like to think that it (or at least the amusing tale of it) was one of the old house's selling points this past December.

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Brenda Claybrook said...

I am a curmudgeon right along with you. Plastic grocery bags do it for me more than the balloons. I think that they should be banned. It requires a little effort to remember to bring your own shopping bags or request paper. Better than the alternative of seeing plastic bag litter hanging from trees in parks and along creeks and riverbeds. What an eyesore! So detrimental to wildlife.

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LindaB said...

I love your "bunch" of azalea balloons! Hope you are feeling cheerier this aft!

JSBB said...

The azalea would be an antidote to ANYTHING. Happy spring to all!

Jo said...

Balloons: Harbingers of clowns. Beware! Might I add to the list of balloon fragments and plastic bags in trees the mylar-like snack bags from the nearby gas-n-shop and the July 5 remains of fireworks? Oh to live in azalealand!

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MJH Design Arts said...

Sometimes curmudgeons are good. I'm all for going after plastic garbage bags, all kinds of styrofoam, anything that isn't biodegradable--except balloons. But they could be restricted to children!! Have a wonderful azalea-filled week. Mary

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Cristina said...

I absolutely love flowers, their colours, their smells, their awe inspiring beauty and daintiness (or, on the contrary, their unbelievable & lively strength), but it would be a dreary life, with no balloons and no fireworks...

Violet Cadburry said...

Batty Browning Bagged Bursting Birthday Boy's Balloons! I can see the headlines now.... and the videos will go viral. Might want to stick with pollution.

Cristina said...

you do have a sense of humour!
:-)

slow love life said...

How fantastic! That turns the story upside down. I love it. Thank you! Perhaps you should throw some old sneakers up into a tree in your new garden, and one day....

slow love life said...

Batty Browning. I'm going with that. Better than what I had in younger days: Boo Browning.

warren said...

Isn't curmudgeon a great word?! And why do I think of 'popping another's balloons' as a perfect example. Tis a natural tendency of folks with too much experience and deep vision and who care too much to slide into this. Perhaps we should assign each a 'spin doctor' so their dour observation can be seen from the 'long' view. Naaaaw let's 'cure' them as Dr. Seuss would.

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